In only a few short weeks A Tribe Called Quest will re-release their classic debut record People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm as a special celebration of its 25th anniversary. The package, which drops November 13th, will feature a fully remastered copy of the record, handled by the legendary Bob Power, along with remixes created and curated by modern hip-hop and R&B stars.
We’ve already heard (and heatedly debated) Pharrell’s remix of “Bonita Applebum,” and now the second People’s Instinctive Travels… flip is here. Yes, none other than Cee-Lo Green has gone to work reshaping “Footprints,” and you’re definitely going to want to put an ear to the results.
While the original album cut swirled in a kind of haze, punctuated by handclaps and the staccato flow of Q-Tip, Cee-Lo’s remix is decidedly kicked-back and sun-soaked. We get an extra dose of cowbell and some on-target rhodes chords, turning “Footprints” into a, yes, yacht-rocking affair. Then, the man goes and drops his own verse on the production, stressing “To leave footprints, one must be undefeated.”
The remix premiered Tuesday over at The Fader, who quoted Cee-Lo as stressing that ATCQ has always felt like family. “How was it possible to be so varied, strange, unique, interesting and dope? Then “Can I Kick It” and “Bonita Applebum” guaranteed that a brave new world was upon us.” Green continued, “I am me, by way of many things, and one them is A Tribe Called Quest.” On the remix, it seems Cee-Lo is back on his Gnarls Barkley flow, but is this brilliance, or blasphemy? We leave that for you to fight out in the comments below.
Fans can also expect a taste of J. Cole‘s remix of “Can I Kick It” to arrive before the full package is released next month. Listen to Cee-Lo’s remix of “Footprints” below, and if you just can’t wait to cop your own piece of A Tribe Called Quest history, pick up the 180 gram vinyl of People’s Instinctive Travels… over at the OKP Shop.
People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm 25th Anniversary Edition Track List
1. “Push It Along”
2. “Luck of Lucien”
3. “After Hours”
5. “I Left My Wallet in El Segundo”
6. “Pubic Enemy”
7. “Bonita Applebum”
8. “Can I Kick It?”
9. “Youthful Expression”
10. “Rhythm (Devoted to the Art of Moving Butts)”
11. “Mr. Muhammad”
12. “Ham ‘N’ Eggs”
13. “Go Ahead in the Rain”
14. “Description of a Fool”